UK time is: 01:28:53
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Villa v Rams - Preview

Rams head to Villa Park for big clash

The Rams head to Villa Park on Saturday in a crucial clash, and the Rams will have to do something they`ve not achieved all season, and that is to score a goal on their travels.

In fact they are the only team in the whole football league in England without an away goal, and Billy Davies hopes to end that on Saturday.

It`s not the only problems the Rams are facing to date with the Rams conceding the most goals in the premier league this season, but as they say you`re only as good as your last game, and the 0-0 draw at Fulham on their last away game was a good performance and they really should have won it.

The return of Giles Barnes is a great boost for the Rams, and they will hope Kenny Miller recovers from injury to take his place in the side.

The Rams last victory at Villa Park came in November 1988 when Dean Saunders and Paul Goddard netted in a 2-1 success for Arthur Cox's side.

It`s not been a happy hunting ground for the Rams since then losing the last six visits, but Davies will be hoping for more from his side and they will need to show a lot more than they dished out last weekend against Everton at Pride Park.

Villa currently sits in 10th spot on 15 points and they have won four of their six games at Villa Park. Their away form is letting them down at present they haven`t picked up a victory on their travels this season.

They have scored 13 league goals this season with Gabriel Agbonlahor the top scorer with four. The product of the Villa Youth team, Agbonlahor has pace and a keen eye for goal and he will need to watched closely on Saturday. Another striker the Rams will have to watch is John Carew, and at 6`5" he will be difficult to mark at set pieces however he is rated doubtful for the game though injury.

In midfield England international Gareth Barry and Shaun Maloney have formed a strong partnership together, Maloney weighing in with 3 goals this campaign. The battle between them and Matt Oakley and Stephen Pearson will go a long way to decide the result. Midfielder Nigel Reo-Coker is also available after suspension, as his keeper Scott Carson.

Villa`s last home games ended in a 1-4 lose to Manchester United, and last week they drew 1-1 with second bottom Bolton Wanderers at the Reebok Stadium, a goal from Luke Moore on the hour mark earning Martin O`Neill`s side a point.

A victory on Saturday could take the Rams up to 16th place on the table, and they will have another good following with nearly 3,000 tickets sold, the vital Derby prediction: - Villa 1 Derby 1




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Join the Vital Fantasy Football League - its Free!

The Journalist

Writer: Peter Simcox Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday November 2 2007

Time: 10:00AM

Your Comments

No chance on getting anything from this game. How many points in total have you taken away from home?
will it ever happen
 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Derby County Articles

Vital Derby On Twitter (Saturday August 30 2014)

Vital Derby Needs You (Friday August 29 2014)

Reading Up Next In The Cup (Thursday August 28 2014)

Calero Puts Rams Through (Wednesday August 27 2014)

More International Call-Ups (Tuesday August 26 2014)

Rams Bring In Shotton (Monday August 25 2014)

Derby Hit Form Against Fulham (Monday August 25 2014)

Stats: Derby County v Fulham (Monday August 25 2014)

Call-Ups For Trio (Thursday August 21 2014)

Archived Derby County Articles

List All Vital Derby Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

League Results (view all)

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
4. Norwich 5 3 1 1 5 10
5. Millwall 5 3 1 1 3 10
6. Charlton 5 2 3 0 2 9
7. Derby County 5 2 2 1 4 8
8. Brentford 5 2 2 1 2 8
9. Cardiff 5 2 2 1 2 8
10. Sheff Wed 5 2 2 1 1 8

Breaking League News

It just had to be Grabban
Bournemouth : 30/08/2014 23:46:00
Wolves : 30/08/2014 23:16:00
We were lacking admits Karanka
Middlesbrough : 30/08/2014 22:04:00
Early goal sinks Boro
Middlesbrough : 30/08/2014 21:56:00
Second Half Pleases McCarthy
Ipswich : 30/08/2014 21:20:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Where do The Rams still need to strengthen?
Suggested By:  MikeC
Goalkeeper 6%
Fullback 10%
Central Defender 39%
Midfield 7%
Wide Attacker 10%
Central Striker 21%
Nowhere 7%